Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on former Celtic defender Kieran Tierney as the Arsenal manager has enjoyed helping KT adapt to life away from the Scottish Champions.
The 23 year old made the record breaking move (Scottish record) from Celtic to the Gunners last year but his debut season was impacted by a severe injury.
A dislocated shoulder put Tierney out in the side lines, but due to the winning mentality and professionalism embedded in Tierney by Celtic from a very young age, the Arsenal new boy is starting to gain a place in Arteta’s first team.
Lets be fair, Arsenal are a club that has only went backwards since the days of Henry and the rest of the EPL legends, Scottish football might not rank highly with the so called big time players but winning is winning, Tierney from a very young age has only known how to win titles something that most of the stars at Arsenal do not.
Arteta spoke with the media:
“I am very impressed with him,” said Arteta.
“Just how he was acting and working on his rehab. Everybody loves him at the club and it is not a coincidence, he earns that every single day: the way he treats people, the way he works around the way, the energy he brings to the place.
“Then with his performances I am delighted. He has adapted really, really well. He is a player that gives you everything in every session and every game and the quality as well that he is adding.
“You help him with pleasure because of what he brings, how willing he is all the time to work, improve and give his maximum to the team.”
“He had a really difficult period because of the injuries, because he moved to a different city, a different context that he had in Glasgow with a club that was winning all the time and where he was very settled,” Arteta added.
“It was a challenge for him. He has been dealing with that in the best possible way, with some difficulties.
“He needed the club to support him, he needed his team-mates to make life easier for him. We are all trying to help him.”